Viatalk officially launched on Monday. Most of the problems that people are having are related to problems with their home networks. I am looking into adding some awesome features in the coming weeks. Just wait, you’ll see.
After all of the hard work, our day is finally at hand. Lets do this.
I am beyond words with this one guys. I have been at different times, a member of both camps of the x86 vs ppc debate. I can remember signing an online petition to make OS X available for x86, namely Intel manufactured hardware. Then, as I matured, I came to see the beauty of the PowerPC architecture. I even wrote some articles about what I had learned. I finally saved all my pennies, and got a brand spankin new ibook last month. OS X is a dream. After installing gentoo for OS X, darwinports (bsd ports modified to compile under OS X), and MS Office on the same machine (face it openoffice just doesn’t hit it), that was it for me. I’m in love. I compile my own software, when I want, with the CFLAGS I want, and as they say all of the things the wife has to ask me how to do under linux, just work. Marketing hype aside PPC was nice while it lasted but development was just moving too slowly. IBM was like look Steve, I know we made a promise but you didn’t say anyting about it needing to go into one of that artsy laptops. Intel was like if you think the dothan rocked, wait’ll we start hiring college grads. And the ppc arch in workstations, just like that, is dead. I for one don’t give a damn anymore, I thought I would but I don’t. I simly want to continue to drink Apple flavoured kool aid. If they want to sell me an uber quiet SPARC box that runs OS X, I’ll buy. That is, as long as dsniff compiles.
Day one… At this point I’m well into project viatalk. I really started keeping track of our architectual changes 3 monts ago but w/ no time, what are you gonna do? Basically I’m the system admin at a VoIP provider, and launch == any day now. Don’t want to spoil the fun so stay tuned on that front. I’m also investigating VOIP and IPTV over WiMAX, if you have no idea what that means come back next week cause I’m gonna break it down. For now, use google dude. If your wondering what the hell the title is all about, its asterisk syntax that would playback “that is not a recognised phone number”. PBX geeks know it as the invalid extension. Whatever, I thought it was funny.
We went to Boston. It was a nice trip maybe a 2 hour drive and we stayed in a nice hotel “Doubletree” I believe was the name. 821 Washington St., which is smack dab in the middle of chinatown. The part of Boston our hotel was in was basically a mecca for old asian women. Every block was littered with them, damn they walk slowly, I was pushing a stroller like MOVE PEOPLE! Boston overall is a really nice town, they have a well developed bay area with an aquarium, and above all for geeks like me, an IMAX theatre. The boy pretty much slept the entire time. We walked along the docks, he slept. We went to the aquarium, he slept. We went to Legal Seafood (legendary seafood resturaunt), he slept. I only have two things to bitch about and both are about the hotel, not the town.
1. WiFi (you know this is a big one for me), they advertised wireless internet access and granted they didn’t say it was free $10 a day is OK for one day but what if I had stayed a week. $70 just so I can have something that is essential to my work would have really pissed me off, and in fact I would have probably just chosen a hotel that advertised free wireless internet access even if the the per night cost balanced it out. For me it’s the principal. It’s 2005, thats like not taking credit cards, fine for some slumlord, but a decent hotel c’mon.
2. Checkout is at noon, while checkin is at 4:00 pm. This may be industry standard but what WTF? Made up scenario:
I fly from N.Y.C. to L.A., and get to L.A. at noon. I now have to wait in the lobby for four hours until 4:00 pm after I just took a six hour flight. Then in the morning I have to be out of there by noon, or pay for another night. So I pay for 24 hours, and I get 20, nice. Somethings wrong here.